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The State of Pool: Rules and Disciplines ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

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The State of Pool: Rules and Disciplines ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

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The biggest upset in pool right now that confuses the public and players are the rules. America, Europe, and Asia all play rules different to one another. All successful sports play with one set of rules that are easy to understand.

For example, America usually plays with the One on the spot, rack your own. Fouls are OK; if you move a ball with anything but your cue you can replace the ball where it was and continue to shoot. I don’t agree with this (if you make a foul it’s ok to keep shooting.)

  • 10-Ball has different rules for several events. Some are call shot and some are not. Sometimes it’s call safe too.
  • In Europe, 9-Ball is played with the Nine on the spot, and the three point rule is enforced. 10-ball, call shot, WPA rules. Asia can’t make their mind up. Sometimes the one ball is on the spot, sometimes the nine ball is on the spot.
  • 10-Ball is usually call shot, but in the Philippines they don’t like call shot for money games — which, again, does not make sense to me.
  • Push shots are sometimes allowed, sometimes not… again, madness. It’s a foul.
  • 8-Ball has different rules worldwide

What we’re doing with all these rules is confusing the public and the players, and making the sport disorganized.

  • 10-Ball was designed to be call shot — for tournaments, to take the slop out of the game — but everyone keeps trying to change the rules. We should stick to 10-Ball being call shot only, and in addition I would suggest that it should be break outside the box.
  • 9-Ball should be nine on the spot, using a magic rack, and break inside the box.
  • 8-Ball should be open table after the break, not using stripes to play onto solids for the first shot or vice versa.
  • Jump cues should not be allowed.
  • 9-Ball should be nine on the spot, magic rack, break in the box.

Every major event we play at a pro level has different rules, which is why a player meeting is always needed at the tournament before it even starts. Sometimes these player meetings can go on for hours.

In the China Open, we put the one ball on the spot, and the ball is wired to the corner pocket. This is the same with the World 9-Ball. The U.S. Open has the nine ball on the spot with the break box. I think these are the best rules, and what the majority of the players want. Matchroom also plays with the nine ball on the spot.

It’s amazing to me that all these major events play different rules.

In major golf events, they set the course up to be a test for the top players — not to make it as easy as possible. With pool, it seems like we make the game as easy as possible.

Maybe it’s because the organizers don’t understand the game, or they want it over as quick as possible. Obviously a match will end quickly when there is a guaranteed ball on the break, since there will be less safety play.

I think the majority of players want the nine ball on the spot with breaking in the box and call shot. The game has moved on now, and the standard worldwide is so high — so the game must be more difficult. In the past, nobody knew anything about the break, and balls were racked and broke, unlike the rack mechanics we have today. Now, we have different equipment and conditions.

If we all played one set of rules worldwide, people would understand the game better since it would be easier to follow. Players will understand how to practice for each event coming up. Then players’ meetings would not be needed — this saving a lot of time for both the players and organizers.

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For pool to be taken seriously as a sport going forward, it’s very important to unify the set of rules worldwide. I can’t think of any other sport where different rules are played each event.

Not only should the rules be standardized, but the pockets should be the same for all professional events. They should be four to four and quarter. Too many of the events use pocket sizes that are too big at a professional level. The same set of rules should be applied not only to professional levels, but amateur levels too.

It’s a simple fix.

My hopes for the sport I love are that these changes will take place, and the pool industry gets unified for the good of the sport and for the next generation.

It’s important to give the young players wishing to be professional in the future a chance to make a real living.


 

darren appleton bio picDarren “Dynamite” Appleton, from Pontefract West Yorkshire England, was into sports from a young age. A 15 years old his cousin was a professional English 8-ball pool player, and that’s how Darren got started. He joined a pool league with his brother, and never looked back. He went to national level very quickly, and turned professional at 19. He was number one in the world for six years in English 8-ball won over 200 tournaments—including over 30 major titles. In 2008 he started playing the tournament circuit full time. He won the world 10-ball that year, and the doors started opening up. He’s won world four world championships in four different disciplines; “I’m the only guy in history to win the 10, 8, and 9 and 8-ball world championships.” He is a five time Mosconi Cup champion, two time Challenge of Champions winner, two time US Open champion, plus many more. He now lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Angie.

 

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Mezz West State Tour – Rev’ving Up For Fresno!

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September 13th, 2014

Diamond Billiards – Fresno, California

Written and edited by: Daniel Busch – Point of View Pool Media

 

Inquiries: Daniel Busch – povpool@gmail.com, Desiree Rivera – mezzweststatetour@yahoo.com 

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The Mezz West State Tour – Forges on!

After just 2 scheduled events of 12 in its first season, The Mezz West State Tour has quickly accumulated 122 members, with an official tour ranking and a desire to earn a spot in the season ending’s, ‘Top Gun” Finale Event of just 16 players in March of 2015. As the Tour prepares for its next stop this weekend at Diamond Billiards in Fresno, California it looks as though the membership should grow to see more new players, sparking not just local interest in winning a piece of the $2,000 added money and a place on the rankings list, the Tour’s third event has also signed on a handful of other popular names in pool like, Gerardo Jamito, Melissa Herndon, Brian Parks, Atila Bezdan and also the young Hungarian Pro, Vilmos Foldes, who has expressed a desire to live on the west coast permanently.

Getting Stronger!

This time, playing 9 Ball instead of 10-Ball, statistically so far, the field for the upcoming Diamond Billiards event is already a little stronger than tour stop #2 at Hard Times – Sacramento, with 5 professional players in the field and more expected. Sacramento’s Hard Times Billiards, which only took in 4 professional players last month saw the rise of Jaynard Orque, who defeated some of its strongest players to take 1st place and now holds a ranking of #4 on the tour. It’s a simple fact, that The Mezz West State Tour, which provides a ranking position to its members and slight handicap to pro players seeking competition is quickly inspiring pool players to bring their best game to fight for a place at the top of the rankings list.

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Jaynard Orque – Winner of Stop #2 – Photo by: Bob Beaulieau

During a brief phone conversation with me on Monday of this week, Tang Hoa, who holds position #11 on the ranking list said, “I want to continue playing this season to make it to the Top 16 and qualify for the ‘Top Gun’ event. I think I have a strong chance to make it in, but just to make sure, I’m going to Fresno this weekend. See you there, Buddy!”

Stop #3 – The Venue is Diamond Billiards! 

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 12.11.18 PMDiamond Billiards was opened in the mid 1990’s by an industrious man named Dan Dadian who, at one point owned 5 locations in Central California and Reno, Nevada. Passing away in 2012, Dan is survived by his wife, Sheri Dadian and who now owns and operates Diamond Billiards located at 6460 Blackstone Avenue; the venue has been at the 6,000 square foot location for over 10 years. It’s also the home of the annual ‘Rocky Antennucci 9 Ball Tournament’ which takes place every Super Bowl weekend and will also host its 3rd Annual, ‘Dan Dadian Memorial Tournament’ in November of 2014. Serving food and beer, Diamond Billiards is a weekly host to APA Leagues, Michael Reddick and Chris Swart’s – California Cue Sports events and an ‘in-house’ league, playing on 6 x 7′ bar sized tables, and 12 x 9′ Rebco Tables and the new addition of one 9′ Diamond Table. Another noteworthy factoid about Diamond Billiards, which pool players always ask about is that the house tables there have recently been *’Dominguez’ed’ and that means that the upcoming Mezz/West State stop will be held to high standards of excellence and playing conditions.

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* Dominguez’ed : To have pool tables maintained by Oscar and Ernesto Dominguez – Arguably, the most sought after pool table mechanics in the Pacific Standard Time Zone.

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Dan Dadian, a.k.a. – “Diamond Dan” founded Diamond Billiards and had the belief that everyone should have access to quality entertainment. Diamond Billiards is Fresno’s top destination, bringing people of all ages and skill levels together under one roof.

Diamond Billiards Fresno
6460 N Blackstone Ave
Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559-435-1130
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Website: www.diamondbilliardsfresno.com

Special Cue Raffle Being Held! 

A big thanks also to Mezz Cues for this! Diamond Billiards will be raffling a limited edition Mezz Cue with a WD700 Shaft to all players and spectators in attendance of the event.

Still Taking Entries!

Every Stop: $2,000 Added Guaranteed!

Entry Fee: $65

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As with every stop on The Mezz West State Tour, tournament signups are being taken right up to the day of the event and although advertised to a limited field, is open to as many who wish to participate. This being said, it is still strongly advised to have your name/s added to the list as early as possible to give the Tournament Directors an idea of what to expect on the first day and give them an opportunity to change the start time/s or tournament format, if needed. To sign up, join The Mezz West State Tour’s Facebook Group and send a message to be added to the list. Payment is always accepted and processed on the day of the event.

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Free Live Stream on POV Pool! 

Mezz West State Tour fans, followers; pool players and audiences everywhere can watch this event which will broadcast, live on www.povpool.com with commentary, scores, special guest appearances and sponsor announcements. The POV Pool brand was officially launched in December, 2011 and can be found on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, SoundCloud, Instagram, Ustream, Vimeo, and on popular billiard forums.

Live Stream Details: 

– Saturday, September 13th @ 10:00 am / PST – ??? on www.povpool.com

– Sunday, September 14th @ 11:00 am / PST – ??? on www.povpool.com

Live Stream with interactive chatroom: www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

Sponsors: 

The Mezz West State Tour is proudly sponsored by: Mezz Cues, West State Billiards, The Turtle Rack, Zan Tips, Virtual Pool 4, Marty Carey’s Jump Q, Fast & Loose Designs, POV Pool and GoPlayPool. Special Thanks also goes out to NYC Grind, AZ Billiards, Professor Q Ball’s National Pool and Billiards News, The Pool Scene, On The Break News and Automated Entertainment.

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$5,000 Added – Hard Times 10-Ball, Gears Up For Action!

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July 11th – 13th, 2014

Hard Times Billiards – Bellflower, CA

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The ‘Home Of Champions’ Gears Up for Action!

On July 11th-13th and for the 5th year in a row, Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower will be hosting its annual ‘Hard Times 10-Ball Open’ tournament.. With $5,000 added money and POV Pool’s live streaming preparations underway, it’ll be another unforgettable event. Won by Carlo Biado last year, he bested Alex Pagulayan in a landslide final battle, 11 games to 1. Hard Times 10 Ball always attracts an assorted field of the best from all over the world and we can only guess who will be this year’s champion to rise to the top. Past top finishers of this event have been, Dennis Orcullo, Shane VanBoening, Ralf Souquet, Wang Can, Rodney Morris, Manny Chau, Max Eberle, Scott Frost and many others.

Confirmed So Far…

The internationally known pool promoter, author and tournament director, Jay Helfert has confirmed with POV Pool that Warren Kiamco and Dennis Orcullo are confirmed for this years event. Also, widely known to be an agent and manager for two other players whilst on the West Coast, we have a confirmation from Brook Thomason that Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes will also be competing. Reigning CSI, US Open 10-Ball Champion, Rodney Morris states that he will compete this year, just before flying to Japan for The Japan Open in Tokyo. And, there has been some discussion that Shane VanBoening may also make an appearance which, if this is the case, means it’s a matter of time before the rest will follow. No word yet as to whether we will be seeing any number of these 4 players: Ko Pin Yi, Ko Pin Chung, Chang Jun Ling and Cheng Yu Hsuan who are travelling from Taiwan to play in Las Vegas this year for the CSI, U.S. Open events. As they develop, more player and promotional updates can be found on The Hard Times 10-Ball’s, Facebook Event Page.

 West State Billiards named as Main Sponsor!

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This year’s main sponsor or the event will be none other than Southern California’s West State Billiards, located in Fullerton, CA – Operating since 1946, West State Billiards will be providing brand new 860 Simonis Brand cloth for 20 tables, soon to be installed by the Dominguez Family (Ernesto and Oscar). Tournament direction will be led by professional pool player and longtime house-pro at Hard Times, Dave Hemmah. With the new equipment and strong tournament leadership the entrants of this year’s event can expect nothing but the best quality and service at this annual event.

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 Live Streaming and Video Coverage on POV Pool!

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The 3 day event will be live-streamed for free and viewable at www.POVpool.com. Special guest commentators are expected and a few promotional surprises from sponsors are being arranged out for POV Pool supporters and viewers. POV Pool is sponsored by Kamui_logoBlackKamui TipsNew OB Logo 2013 for black background jpegOB CuesAutomated Logo DARKAutomated Entertainment and Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 12.29.33 PMRunOut Apps. Additional promotional and editorial thanks also to, GoPlayPool, AZ Billiards, NYC Grind, Live Stream NewsInside Pool, Dave Hemmah, Marielle Lim, Mike Piyasambun, Hard Times Staff, Ashi Fachler, Geraldine Thibodeau.   

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Event Details

The 5th Annual Hard Times 10-Ball Tournament
$125 Entry – $150 After July 3rd, 2014
$5,000 Added
Open to 96 Players
Double Elimination Race to 9
10-Ball / Call Pocket
3-Fouls / Jumps Allowed / Measle Ball / Magic Rack (Optional)
Entry Form

For More Info

Hard Times 10-Ball’s Facebook ‘Event’ page

Hard Times Billiards Group Page

Live Stream Broadcast PagePOV Pool / Ustream

AZ Forum Discussion and Forum Questions  

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Players Confirmed (As of June 15th)

Dennis Orcullo
Warren Kiamco
Efren Reyes
Francisco Bustamante
Dennis Hatch
Oscar Dominguez
Ernesto Dominguez
Ramon Mistica

Contact

Daniel Busch –

Hard Times Billiards

17450 Bellflower Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
562-867-7733

Efren On The Move To Hard Times, Sunday!

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Efren Expected This Afternoon! 

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A close source to Efren Reyes has confirmed today that he is expected to arrive at LAX Airport this morning and will be making his rounds at Hard Times Billiards, sometime early in the afternoon. As luck would have it, POV Pool was already scheduled to live stream the 1st Sunday 9-Ball tournament, which means that we will most certainly get a glimpse of Efren and possibly more, since this particular tournament is always known for such high caliber attendance and competition. If nothing else, maybe some great ‘charity’ action or a practice session for Efren, but may I remind readers that when he was here 3 weeks ago, we were treated to over 7 hours of some of the best pool this room has seen since July 2013’s, Hard Times 10-Ball Tournament.

Anything’s possible when ‘Bata’ is in town, which means that POV Pool’s eyes are on ‘you know who’! Live streaming starts at 12PM PST on this website. If you work on Sunday, call the boss and make an excuse. Leave the laundry in the hamper and let the dishes wait! What’s that event with the brown oval ball? Oh, the Super Bowl?

Efren’s in town!

Live streaming will be free until 2:30 pm PST and will convert to a Pay-Per-View stream thereafter.  Purchase your PPV Tickets now at http://www.povpool.com/action/ for only $8.

Free Live Stream Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/povpool

 

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Mosconi Cup’s Breaking News on ABR!

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January 28th – 2014

American Billiard Radio – Breaking News Broadcast!

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Mark Cantrill Interviews Luke Riches! 

A breaking report today with Mark Cantrill on American Billiard Radio revealed some new developments regarding The Mosconi Cup. Mark spoke with Matchroom Sports’, Media Director, Luke Riches to discuss a couple of breaking topics around this years’ event, which is to be held in Blackpool this December.

Mark Wilson Named as U.S. Captain!

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The first topic was the appointment of Mark Wilson, who will now ‘Captain’ the U.S., Mosconi Team this year. Mark, who has been a touring professional player since the 1980’s has spent many years as an instructor with the BCA and CueSports International and is also an active recruiter to billiards youth as the ‘head’ of the billiards program at Lindenwood University in conjunction with the Billiard Education Foundation.

Matchroom Sports staff have embraced Mark Wilson, who is seen as a true professional to the billiard industry as a whole, and seems the most qualified candidate to strengthen and galvanize a new, U.S. Mosconi Team to a hopeful victory against Europe this year.

Remaining Mosconi Tickets To Go On Sale Jan. 29!  

The other breaking announcement by Mr. Riches in this interview was that Matchroom Pool has decided to put the remaining tickets for this year’s Mosconi Event in Blackpool on sale, tomorrow, January 29th at 12 Noon GMT. This decision was made by Matchroom, after they experienced record-breaking sales of 400 ‘season’ tickets which sold out within one hour last week on www.seetickets.com.

What is truly amazing about these tickets being sold out so quickly, is that the new U.S. Team has not even been announced yet, nor do we have any clue as to which team members are being considered. The selection process will be delegated to Mark Wilson, who is currently tied up at the Derby City Classic event and is unavailable to be interviewed.

Other Mosconi Developments Inevitable!

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It seems rather likely that in the light of recent events, like the ‘landslide’ victory by Team Europe in Las Vegas and talk of many changes needing to be made we should expect to hear more ‘breaking’ news about The Mosconi Cup this year. The billiard forums are buzzing with suggestions, ranging from whether 10-ball should be played instead of 9-Ball, to what young new players would be better suited to represent the U.S. team.

In this case, only time will tell this story and we hope to hear from Mark Wilson very soon on future broadcasts of ABR (American Billiard Radio).  Be that as it may, if you are intending to purchase Mosconi Tickets this year, they will most likely be sold out by the end of February! Purchase them on January 29th at 12 Noon, GMT at the following link,  www.seetickets.com.

 

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